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This library is a congressionally designated depository for US Government documents. Public access to the government documents collection is guaranteed by public law. (Title 44 United States Code)

Featured Resource

political cartoon of article XIV and 'wedding vow' in corner
Adam Zyglis, "Marriage Equality" printed Tuesday, June 30, 2015. AAEC Ref Num: 143019.

Our current Government Information featured resource is It's No Laughing Matter, from The Library of Congress.

Political cartoons can be sophisticated, incisive, and, above all, persuasive. What is it that makes these works of art so impactful?

This resource from the Library of Congress is designed to bring the nuts and bolts of political cartoons to life in the classroom, offering up a number of representative works and analyzing their contents. Readers may like to start with the overview before moving onto About This Activity, which clarifies a few basic constructs before outlining how to integrate the activity into the classroom.

The Cartoon Analysis Guide outlines the key elements of a well-composed political cartoon, such as symbolism, exaggeration, labeling, analogy, and irony. The Learn More About Political Cartoons section features audio commentary on several classic cartoons, courtesy of Sara W. Duke, of the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Divison.

Collections

Generally, to find government publications, search one or more of these:

To find older US documents published before 1976, ask for assistance as the above catalogs provide limited coverage of UNH holdings for this period.

Many recent New Hampshire government publications are found in the New Hampshire State Publications Digital Library.

Library Services

  • All members of the public may use these materials
  • Anyone with a UNH library card can borrow from the circulating collection
  • For assistance, contact Government Information staff, Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor)
  • Some of the library's data services are only available to the UNH community
  • Computer access for the public to government information and specialized resources (on Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor)):
    • Two terminals next to the Reference Desk
    • One computer in the Class of 1943 Map Room

Patents and trademarks

The UNH Law Library is a Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC). Most patent information is available on the open web. However, the UNH Law PTRC is open to the public during weekday hours. See their website for details.